AUBURN, Wash. (May 13, 2013) â€“ The event is still three
months away, but sponsorship sales are brisk for the inaugural
EmD3-ON-3 on the weekend of August 10 &11.
Bob Fraser, Director of Operations at Emerald Downs and the
lead organizer for the event, said local businesses and leaders are
stepping up in big numbers to support the regionâ€™s biggest hoops
â€śThe community response to our event has been amazing,â€ť
Fraser said. â€śWe currently have 35 local businesses throughout the
Auburn area and South King County that have confirmed their support
through sponsorship at various levels for the tournament.â€ť
To be played on 30 half-courts in the trackâ€™s north parking
lot, EmD3-ON-3 will feature basketball games for players of all
ages and playing abilities as well as food, music and a beer
garden. Cost per team is $120 with each team guaranteed at least
three games and each player receiving a T-shirt and free admission
to live racing that weekend. A 3-point shootout also will be held
with net proceeds benefiting the Auburn Valley YMCA.
Major sponsors include: Regence Health Care (Presenting
Sponsor), Doxon Toyota (Major Non Profit Donor), Sterling Athletics
(Official Basketball and Apparel Sponsor), City of Auburn, and
Auburn Tourism Board.
Court sponsorshipsâ€”each basket features the sponsorâ€™s
logoâ€”have been sold to a wide array of local businesses including
restaurants, hotels, insurance companies and dentists.
â€śEveryone loves basketball and horse racing, and the two seem
to compliment each other well,â€ť Fraser said. â€śI look forward to a
EmD3-ON-3 is patterned after the extraordinarily successful
Spokane Hoopfest, which in its 23-year existence has risen to
amazing heights with over 27,000 players competing in 2012. Mark
Doxon, President and Owner of Doxon Toyota, said EmD3-ON-3 could
also grow and bring the local community together.
â€śEmD 3-ON-3 is a tremendous idea to bring some excitement to
Auburn, and it has a great chance for growth the next few yearsâ€ť
Doxon says. â€śEmerald Downs, with the help of some local businesses
and the involvement of the YMCA, could do a great thing for the
kids in the area.â€ť
The Auburn Valley YMCA has been named a benefactor of the
event, and Executive Director Jason Berry said the YMCA is going to
be heavily involved in the recruitment of players.
â€śItâ€™s going to be a home run for the community,â€ť said Berry,
adding that the YMCA coordinates local youth and adult basketball
leagues as well as basketball clinics. â€śAny donations we receive
goes right back into basketball.â€ť
With sponsorships going well, Fraser said the next step is to
sign up players. Registration is available through July 28 on the
eventâ€™s official website: www.emd3on3.com
AUBURN, WA â€” Residents of the South Lea Hill neighborhood are
invited to attend a community meeting at Green River Community
College on Tuesday, May 21.
The purpose of this community meeting is to:
â€˘ Discuss neighborhood concerns
â€˘ Meet with representatives from Green River and the City of
Auburn to discuss community safety
â€˘ Find out about Block Watch and Map Your Neighborhood
â€˘ Meet your neighbors
City of Auburn Police Chief, Bob Lee and city staff from
Auburn Planning and Public Works Departments will be on hand to
answer questions at the meeting, as well as Public Safety and
International Programs staff from the college. Green River
President Dr. Eileen Ely and City of Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis are
expected to attend as well.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 â€“ 8 p.m. in the Glacier
Room in the Lindbloom Center at Green River Community College and
is open to the public. Click here for more information.
About Green River Community College
Green River Community College is a public two-year college
with campuses in Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, Washington. Since 1965,
Green River offers nearly 11,000 students a wide variety of
programs and classes in state-of-the-art facilities. Students can
choose from transfer and professional-technical degrees,
pre-college and basic skills courses and continuing education
classes to further their personal and professional education. For
more information, visit greenriver.edu.
An Opinion Piece by Lora Ueland, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE â€” May 15, 2013
Distributed in the public interest for Valley Communications
This past legislative session, the Senate 2013-15 Operating
Budget proposed diverting over $15 million in 911revenue to fund
non 911 related programs. This proposed fund sweep could not only
result in the loss of Federal Funding, but could also delay the
implementation of â€śNext Generationâ€ť 911 by several years.
The majority of funding for 911 is generated through a 911
excise tax. This excise tax appears as a 95 cent line item charge
on your monthly phone bill. It is paid by both land line and
wireless users. This funding is used to process the 5,900,000
annual calls local 911 centers handle on a yearly basis.
Washington State 911 has just begun to implement Next
Generation 911 with the placement of a new, digitally capable
network. Implementation of some technological aspects of this
network remains to be finished. Despite these great strides, no 911
center in Washington State can currently accept digital data or
Old call processing equipment cannot keep up with modern
technology, and therefore, is unable to provide comparable service
for emerging communications devices and is not capable of
processing widely used data such as text messaging, pictures, video
or telematics from vehicles.
Both the technology and standards exist today to complete the
upgrade of the Washington State E911 network with a â€śNext
Generationâ€ť (NG) solution that will route 911 calls over an IP
based network (ESInet). A complete IP-based network will allow for
the delivery of the additional data necessary for an effective
public safety response system. This network will improve call set
up time, and increase the speed at which voice and data arrive at
the PSAP, and with additional improvements, will allow people who
are deaf or speech impaired to directly communicate with 911 via
text messaging, thereby saving lives. The 911 community has begun
the transition to the NG solution, but until the transition is
complete Washington State citizens will not see the full benefits
of this modern technology.
We must ensure that Washington State can meet the standards
for service delivery under development as the nation moves forward
with an NG911 solution. 911 authorities must ensure that every
Washington resident and visitor is able to access 911 utilizing
multimedia sources to receive the best quality 911 service. Our
legislators, Governor, voice and data service providers and public
safety agencies must all work together to ensure we have an
appropriate funding solution that will support the modernization of
our E911 system and that will continue to serve all citizens within
While we understand the difficult economic times we face,
utilizing 911 excise taxes for non-911 purposes erodes public trust
in both State and local government and delays the ability to update
E9-1-1 systems in Washington State. As the legislature prepares for
their upcoming special session we strongly urge our legislators to
do the right thing: leave the 911 fund intact.
Contact: Lora Ueland, Executive Director
Valley Communications Center
27519 108th Avenue Southeast
Kent, WA 98030
Auburn, WA - Some of the best 7th/8th grade football players
from Washington, Arizona and California will compete in the Jr.
Tanoa Showcase to be held at Auburn Memorial Stadium May 25-26,
Memorial Day Weekend.
Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis will toss the coin for the opening
game on Saturday. â€śWeâ€™re very proud to host these young athletes in
our city,â€ť said Lewis. "It's a great family event."
Other dignitaries attending include Brandon Huffman of
ScoutFoxSports.com whoâ€™ll be watching the talent. Several Tanoa
alumni will also be on hand, including Danny Shelton and Cory
Fuavai of the University of Washington, Desmond Thompson who signed
a Letter of Intent to Portland University and Domenic Rockey who is
scheduled to attend Washington State University.
â€śThese kids have worked hard to get here, not only
physically, but also mentally and academically," said Simi
Strickland, Coach and Director of the Jr. Tanoa Showcase. "The Jr.
Tanoa Showcase is for some, the eight year culmination of learning
both on and off the field; while for others, it's a chance to go to
the next level and learn from fellow athletes."
The lineup is as follows:
â€˘ Saturday, May 25, 12 p.m. - Tri City Elite vs. San
â€˘ Saturday, May 25, 3 p.m. - Washington Warriors vs. Arizona
â€˘ Sunday, May 26, 12 p.m. - Tri City Elite vs. Arizona
â€˘ Sunday, Nay 26, 2 p.m. - San Francisco vs. Washington
For more information on the Jr. Tanoa Showcase, contact Coach
Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (253) 293-1704,
Ceremony to take place Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10 a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE â€” May 10, 2013
Corrects VFW Speaker, Post Commander Tony Dohse
Memorial Day commemorates all Americans, who have died in
military service for the United States. In Auburn, a special
Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 27th at 10:00
a.m. in the flag plaza at Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, 2020
Mountain View Drive. The public is invited to attend.
The Cemetery will display many American Flags on the grounds
and each Veterans gravesite will be decorated with a small flag
donated by the Auburnâ€™s VFW Post 1741. Boy Scout Troop 401 will be
placing the flags and grooming gravesites from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m.
the Saturday before Memorial Day, May 25th.
â€śBoy Scout Troop 401 has been serving Auburn for 90 years,â€ť
said Troop 401 Community Services Manager Mary Wilson. â€śWe come out
to Mountain View Cemetery every year to place American flags at
every Veteran's grave because we feel it's very important to
remember each soldier, their service, their lives and their
The Memorial Day Ceremony will include comments by Auburn
Mayor Peter Lewis; a performance of God Bless America and The
National Anthem by Auburn Mountainview Choir soloist Nicole Costa,
an invocation by Chaplain Michael Hursh; a color guard presentation
by Boy Scout Troops 398 of Federal Way and Auburn's Troop 401;
comments by Post Commander Tony Dohse of Auburn VFW Post 1741; and
a rifle salute and Taps by the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society.
The Cemetery is also offering special office hours during the
Memorial Day weekend to assist families. Office hours will be from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th; from 12-4 p.m. on
Sunday, May 26th; and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 27th.